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Lazy River Duck Derby in Kingsville benefits kids fighting cancer

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Valleybrook Country Club in Kingsville is teaming up with Cool Kids Campaign charity for the fourth Lazy River Duck Derby fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. July 12.

The Lazy River Duck Derby, open to the public and providing an all-access pass to Valleybrook for the evening, takes place in the "Lazy River," a pool that features a narrow channel with a flowing component.

A $10 rubber duck rental fee will be collected from each person upon admission, and the duck will be entered in three races throughout the evening. Participants may also rent a duck online at lazyriverduckderby.com winners don't need to be present.

The winner of each race receives a basket of prizes valued between $250 and $400 from area businesses; basket values increase with each race.

A fourth race, "The Quackness," will be run at evening's end and will be limited to 100 rubber ducks. The winner will receive an autographed Ray Rice football jersey. Those interested in participating in this race need to rent a special rubber duck for an additional $10 each that evening, and winners must be present to win the fourth race.

A "family flock" is available for a $40 donation and includes five rubber duck rentals for the first three races and five admissions to the Lazy River Duck Derby.

Duck rental fees sold at the gate allow each person access to Valleybrook's five swimming pools (including the Lazy River and two water slides) and 11 tennis courts, plus a moonbounce, glitter and press-on tattoos, games (including a duck launch) and music.

All proceeds from the Lazy River Duck Derby will be donated to Cool Kids Campaign, a nonprofit organization based in Towson that works to improve the quality of life for kids with cancer and their families. Several raffles will be held throughout the evening, and 100 percent of food and beverage sales will be donated to Cool Kids Campaign.

For those unable to attend but wanting to support the Lazy River Duck Derby and Cool Kids Campaign, contributions may be made by visiting lazyriverduckderby.com or coolkidscampaign.org.

In addition to Valleybrook Country Club, sponsors of the Duck Derby include Amrein Foods and Remembrances Mobile DJ.

Cool Kids Campaign was chosen as the recipient of the Lazy River Duck Derby's proceeds because of the free programs the charity offers for kids with cancer.

"At Valleybrook Country Club, our goal is to bring families together in a fun, relaxing, wholesome environment. When I learned how Cool Kids Campaign helps children and their families battling cancer, it just seemed like a good fit," Tom King, general manager and owner of Valleybrook, said in a press release. "It is so important that the kids receiving treatment return to school at the appropriate grade level when they are ready to go back. Kids need to be kids. That's why we chose to donate all the proceeds from the Lazy River Duck Derby to Cool Kids Campaign."

Cool Kids Learning Center focuses on addressing the lasting academic and social effects of cancer and its treatments. Its aim is to keep kids current with their grade level in school, while providing them a chance to interact with their peers. Their merchandise slogan, Cancer Fears ME!, is designed to provide a strong, positive mindset for kids with cancer, their support groups and caregivers.

"Our goal at Cool Kids Campaign is to provide a positive impact on children who are fighting cancer. We want to provide a higher quality of life for not only the kids undergoing treatment but also to their families," Kristian Sekse, director of development of Cool Kids Campaign, said in a press release.

"Parents and siblings feel the weight of cancer's effects on the family in different ways, and we want them to know we are here to support them on the journey as well. Community events like the Lazy River Duck Derby are crucial to continuing our work. We are grateful to Valleybrook Country Club for enabling us to serve Maryland's families."

Located on 20 acres in Kingsville at 1810 Valleybrook Drive, Valleybrook Country Club has been a family-run facility for more than 50 years. For more information, call 410-803-2334 or visit valleybrookcc.net.

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